Fun Filled Fabulous April At The Kravis Center

Fun Filled Fabulous April At The Kravis Center(Patti LuPone Is Pictured)

Kravis Center is Offering a Fun Filled April with a Great Roster of Headliners 

+ Solo Showstoppers Patti LuPone & Yanni

+ Musical Milestones Pink Martini, Sergio Mendez with John Secada, Chanteur with Lee Lessack & a Song Filled Tribute to Paramount Pictures

+ Hit Shows Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific & Stomp

+ New Plays Incognito & Life in a Marital Institution

Plus the African-American Film Festival, Gospel Gala and 19th Annual Reach for the Stars Ballroom Dance Competition                                       

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is offering a lineup next month of above the title talent & powerhouse performances: 

APRIL 2012: 

April 1 – 4 p.m.  (Sunday)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, this beloved Tony® Award-winning musical continues to enthrall audiences with the brilliance of its highly acclaimed score, featuring such endearing favorites as “Tradition,” “Matchmaker” and “If I Were A Rich Man.” No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

April 4 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)

Patti LuPone in

THE GYPSY IN MY SOUL

Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman

Musical Direction by Joseph Thalken

Musical Arrangements by Jonathan Tunick and Joseph Thalken

The Gypsy In My Soul presents Broadway’s Patti LuPone singing songs from her life both on and off the stage.  The two time Tony® Award winner will sing songs that have been associated with her Broadway career (from such shows as Gypsy, Anything Goes and Oliver!) as well as some of her personal pop favorites.

(With Support from WPBT Channel 2)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

April 5 – 7 p.m.  (Thursday)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

SOUTH PACIFIC

This breathtaking new production of South Pacific is based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”  For more details, visit www.SouthPacificOnTour.com.

(Sponsored by Sallie A. and Thomas O. Monroe, Sr.)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

April 5 – 7 p.m.  (Thursday)

AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Something The Lord Made

Host: AnEta Sewell

(ArtSmart / Film Offering)

Something the Lord Made tells the true story of two men – an ambitious white surgeon, Alfred Blalock, and a gifted black carpenter turned lab technician, Vivien Thomas – who defied the racial structures of the Jim Crow South and together pioneered modern bypass heart surgery. But when Life magazine and kudos come honoring Dr. Blalock for his important medical contribution, Thomas is excluded.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $10 

April 6 – 8 p.m.

BILL O’REILLY

Bestselling author and syndicated news columnist, Bill O’Reilly is host of The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. Blending news analysis with investigative reporting, The Factor has gained international prominence – and is now seen in more than 30 countries.

(Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Rory Brown)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

April 7 – 8 p.m.  (Saturday)

PINK MARTINI

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old fashioned pop – Pink Martini’s diverse repertoire is a blend influenced by Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, Tito Puente and Xavier Cugat, as well as Argentine tango, Brazilian samba, Italian folk, Asian and romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ’50s. According to bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale, “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, Pink Martini would be that band.

(Sponsored by Susan Bloom)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $20 

April 11 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)

SERGIO MENDES

With Very Special Guest Jon Secada

Now celebrating 50 years in music, Sergio Mendes has earned international acclaim as the founder of Brasil ’66. A show business legend, the hits from his endless catalog have become standards and include “The Look Of Love,” “Never Gonna Let You Go” and “Mas Que Nada.” His iconic music is featured in the major 3D animated kids film RIO, as well as his recent career spanning retrospective CD, Sergio Mendes – Celebration: A Musical Journey. From his early days performing with Gloria Estefan, to his multiple top charting singles such as “Just Another Day” and “Do You Believe In Us,” Jon Secada’s music is woven into the soundtracks of our lives.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

April 12-15    (Thursday-Sunday)

+  Thursday, Friday – 7:30 p.m.

+  Saturday – 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

+ Sunday – 1:30 p.m.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

The Music of the Paramount Picture Era

Special Guest Artist Mia Matthews

Conceived and Directed by Barry Levitt

Founded in 1912, Paramount Pictures is America’s oldest running movie studio.  In the mid thirties Great Depression years, Paramount sustained its business with the memorable Road to … musicals, a series of seven films starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy LamourThanks for the Memories presents a tune filled tribute to Paramount’s greatest hits, a plethora of filmdom’s musical classics, such as “Thanks for the Memory,” “Buttons and Bows” and “Two Sleepy People.”

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $35 

April 17-18 – 8 p.m.  (Tuesday & Wednesday)

YANNI

After an extensive World Tour, Yanni returns to the USA and Canada with an all new show. Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from the shows that have become famous around the world. Fans will witness Yanni and his world class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China and Royal Albert Hall in England. The live show will feature some of the music from Yanni’s new album Truth Of Touch, which is the composer’s first album of original studio music in almost a decade.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $30 

April 19-20 – 7:30 p.m.  (Thursday & Friday)

CHANTEUR

With Lee Lessack

The Music of Charles Aznavour and Michel Legrand

International concert artist Lee Lessack lends his graceful lyric baritone and gentle charisma to a musical journey through both The Great American and The Great French Songbooks. From Mercer to Brel, from the Broadway stage to the streets of Paris, from Sinatra to Aznavour, from Leonard Cohen to Michel Legrand, and from the Great White Way to the Champs-Élysées! “Chanteur adds greater dimension to Lee Lessack’s already vast musical repertoire,” declared BroadwayWorld.com.
(Sponsored by Mrs. Ari Rifkin)

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $35 

April 20-22   (Friday- Sunday)

+ Friday – 8 p.m.

+ Saturday – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

+ Sunday 2 p.m.

STOMP

STOMP, the international sensation, makes its triumphant return to the Kravis Center. The global hit brings some new surprises, with sections of the show updated and restructured, and the addition of two new full scale routines using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” See what all the noise is about.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm on April 20. 

April 25 – 7:30 p.m.  (Wednesday)

Michael Sidney Fosberg

INCOGNITO

Raised in a working class white family by his biological mother and an adoptive father, Michael Fosberg, age 30, upon hearing the news of their divorce, decides to search for his long lost biological father he’s never known. Armed solely with a name and a city, he tracks him down and discovers that his father is actually African American. This life changing event leads to a remarkable journey of family and self discovery. “A life full of extraordinary people and events,” - Chicago Tribune.

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $32 

April 27 – 7 p.m.  (Friday)

GOSPEL GALA

Featuring Donald Lawrence and Company

With Opening Acts Men of Valor of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and the Boynton Beach High School Choir Dimensional Harmony

A Kravis Center Community Outreach Event

Known for his mix of urban hip-hop, smooth R&B and soulful gospel ballads, Donald Lawrence is one of the top inspirational singers and composers in the industry. A Grammy® nominated and Stellar Award winning artist, he has collaborated with Peabo Bryson, En Vogue, Mary J. Blige and Kirk Franklin, among others. His soul stirring songs of praise and worship make this annual event, hosted by the Kravis Center’s Community Relations Committee, a moving and unifying audience experience like no other.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15 

April 27-28 – 7:30 p.m.  (Friday & Saturday)

Meredith Vieira Productions presents

LIFE IN A MARITAL INSTITUTION

With James Braly

First comes love. Then comes marriage counseling. After a sold out run in New York City, "This American Life" podcast contributor James Braly is on tour with his darkly comic story of what thirteen couples’ counselors have called a passionate, bi-polar relationship.  Hailed as "never less than excellent" by The New York Times and "gaspingly funny" by Variety, Braly dives head first into a tale of attraction, repulsion, death, and the afterlife.  It's 20 years of monogamy in one terrifying (hilarious) evening. Produced by Meredith Vieira Productions.

(Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe)

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $35 

April 28 – 6 p.m.  (Saturday)

Young Friends of the Kravis Center

REACH FOR THE STARS Benefit

Featuring “Dancing for the Stars” Ballroom Dance Competition and Gourmet Food and Fine Wines

Young Friends of the Kravis Center invite you to attend the 19th annual Reach for the Stars Benefit featuring the “Dancing for the Stars,” Ballroom Dance Competition and an evening of gourmet food and fine wine from many of the area’s finest restaurants. Come see some of your favorite local celebrities compete for the coveted “Dancing for the Stars” trophy. Reach for the Stars benefits the Kravis Center’s S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series and other arts education programs.

(Sponsored by Gold Sponsors: Marcie Gorman-Althof, Sydelle and Arthur I. Meyer Foundation, Jane M. Mitchell; Silver Sponsor: Sun-Sentinel)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Young Friends Members - $60

General Admission - $75

Premium - $125 including on stage assigned seating and valet parking 

Tickets are available for purchase at the Kravis Center box office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in downtown West Palm Beach; online at www.kravis.org; or by phone at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471. 

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:

Celebrating 20 Years of Artistic Excellence and Commitment to the Community, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and International Artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. 

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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.







 
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